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BANGKOK 19 April 2019 13:37
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Chiang Mai Airport taxi rip-off

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9 minutes ago, NancyL said:

Grab is actually more expensive than the 150 baht taxis outside the north door of domestic terminal.  Plus no waiting and wondering which car is yours.  Grab has a surcharge for airport delivery/pickup.  I guess this is to cover "hazardous duty" since there have been incidents at the airport where the licensed commercial drivers don't take kindly to Grab taking away their business.

Yes, I mentioned it costs a small bit more.

Perhaps it was about 30 BHT extra.

 

However, I've never had a Grab surcharge for airport delivery/pickup, including at Chiang Mai where I've also taken it to CNX twice from my hotel in CM.

Perhaps that's been added in the last 9 months?

(Unless it's baked into the overall price listed for the ride and I didn't see a breakdown).

 

The first time I arrived at CNX I did take one of the airport fixed price taxis to my hotel, and it was not a bad experience - IIRC, the driver was non-communicative and unfriendly but perhaps he didn't understand English - and was unfriendly.

 

The 2nd time I arrived at CNX I used Grab. Not much of a wait, but it's true that I guess one can always get a cab at once.

 

I've pretty much always had good experiences with Grab everywhere I used it in SE Asia.

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On 4/13/2019 at 9:57 PM, eyecatcher said:

albeit knackered, with broken suitcase wheels, sweaty and in a foul mood

you described him to the T  ...... 

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2 minutes ago, ZeVonderBearz said:

If he knew his son and gf was coming to CM why didn't the OP advise his him on how to avoid being ripped-off at the airport by taxis? Tell him to take the bus or walk outside the airport grounds and order a grab. No real excuse for someone who is at least a tiny bit familiar with taxi practices at most all airports in the world to be getting ripped-off as there are almost always alternatives, it just takes a little research and patience. 

 

Sounds like there was no ripping-off being done here to be fair to the taxis, just a case of an ill-informed person making the wrong choice and then whinging about it.

 

agree, a quick browse on the internet would give anyone all the information needed, a) to avoid being ripped off and b) to select the most convenient mode of transport from the airport. it's not rocket science.

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Sorry. But this story is just untrue if you use the official airport taxi service. They dont use the meter but the lady with the clipboard who allocates customers to cars tells you the price based on where you want to go. I live at Nongkwai, near Hangdong, and the fare from the airport to my house is always about 350 baht. Never been more than that, and sometimes only 300.

If these people used one of the scammers who hang around the arrival area at most airports in the world, thats why they might have got ripped, but the offficial airport taxi service is as good as gold.

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Tell em to get the free open air shuttle to airport plaza 5 minutes away if during open hours, then pay normal prices from there by getting a confirmed taxi meter or reasonable fixed price.

M g/f does that sometimes and she is Thai...so they are out to rip-off anyone.

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i think its the same most places,  many chinese get the bus from Pattaya to Ekkamai bus station, the  taxis that pull in 100% rip them off, as said, just walk outside of their comfort zone in this case 20 metres to sukhumvit road and hail a taxi there, same goes for BKK airport,go to level 4 ? get a taxi that has just arrived and is going back to the city empty,get a good deal that way.

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On 4/13/2019 at 7:29 PM, arithai12 said:

It seems you do not know Chiang Mai. The procedure to get a taxi at the airport is: go to the booth, state your destination, be quoted a price, get a piece of paper with destination and price to show to the driver, go outside and and wait for your number to be called.

In the time that you've done that, I've walked to the road and hailed a tuk-tuk or Songthaw. 

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22 minutes ago, connda said:

In the time that you've done that, I've walked to the road and hailed a tuk-tuk or Songthaw. 

There are also the new air conditioned busses that are right outside near the carpark... they are 20 baht into the city and even to the central festival shopping mall.  

 

 

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On 4/14/2019 at 11:52 PM, ZeVonderBearz said:

If he knew his son and gf was coming to CM why didn't the OP advise his him on how to avoid being ripped-off at the airport by taxis? Tell him to take the bus or walk outside the airport grounds and order a grab. No real excuse for someone who is at least a tiny bit familiar with taxi practices at most all airports in the world to be getting ripped-off as there are almost always alternatives, it just takes a little research and patience. 

Not even that much research, or that much patience. A simple Google search will reveal everything you need to know about getting from the airport to downtown in just minutes. That is something you should look up ahead of time anytime you are traveling to an airport. Important life lesson learned.  

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The OP should reimburse his son for the extra cost for not advising him what to do.

They do not open meters from the airport.

I take the taxi service all the way to Mae Rim and it is always quoted 450 b.

On the big picture of taxi type rip offs in Thailand, CM is very low on my list.

Phuket is #1.

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